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Why the Hobby Lobby decision is bad for everyone

Last week, five members of the Supreme Court (none of them women) decided the religious beliefs of certain corporations outweigh a woman’s right to birth control coverage. Which (as I wrote for the Skoll World Forum) is bad for the thousands of women who work for companies whose owners want…

Making a cool concept warm the heart

Energy efficiency is a concept that can be hard to make heartwarming. Resource Media has had success making it humorous, making it visible and making it practical, but could we make energy efficiency a matter of the heart? One of the unsung heroes of the energy efficiency world is energy…

New California scorecard a call to action on Environmental Justice

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the signing of President Clinton’s executive order on environmental justice, officially known as the Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations a result of Environmental equity grassroots movements of the 1980s. Milestones like this are to be celebrated cautiously,…

Worst jargon contest: And the winner is . . .

“Not in their wheel-house” Congratulations to Beth Vogel, of Committee of Seventy, a century-old nonprofit who fights to help the city of Philadelphia grow and prosper through better government. As she noted in her submission, “I dislike it because it’s annoying and sounds pretentious.” And as one of our judges…

Top 5 newsroom trends from 2013

There is so much going on in the world of news media these days.  From innovations in the business models that sustain it to attempts to harness the technologies that distribute it to evolutions in defining what “it” even is, or isn’t, there were lots of candidates for this list. …

Greatest hits from 2013

Hard to believe, but we sent our first e-newsletter just over a year ago, in November 2012. We have been fine-tuning it ever since, studying email data to see what inspires you, dear readers, to click and share. We also pore over our website analytics to see what kinds of…

Top visual campaigns of 2013

Here at Resource Media we have a love affair with powerful visuals. We shamelessly “ooh” and “ah” when we see people making good use of photographs and video.  We’ve pinned some of our favorites on our Pinterest page. However, there are a few nonprofit campaigns that have really struck a…

How nonprofits can work with professional photographers

One of my favorite bits of summer reading had few words and lots of pictures. I wasn’t being lazy…I spent far longer pondering the images from Nina Berman’s outstanding photo essay on rural Pennsylvanians forced to live with the consequences of fracking than I do reading a dense Atlantic Monthly…

Prime time pitching tips

Turn on your television. Those are the words we hear, say, or text when something BIG happens.  I’m talking about 9/11 big, or Tsunami big.  TV is still where people turn first to witness events that change the world. As a former television producer, I have a bias both for…

Solutions: The foundation of empowerment

I spent 23 years as a TV reporter, toiling under a self-evident operating principle “If it bleeds, it leads.”  My environmental stories were rarely grisly enough to creep into the top story slot; but they still contained plenty of bad news. Like all journalists I fielded plenty of complaints about…